UN Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace

In September 1999 the UN General Assembly agreed on the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243). This document gives clear and comprehensive guidelines on a new mode of governance, which calls on the entire United Nations system; all governments, and all peoples to work together to build a freer, fairer and more peaceful global neighborhood through “a positive, dynamic participatory process where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation.”


8 Action Areas:

Fostering a culture of peace through education

Promoting sustainable economic and social development.

Promoting respect for all human rights.

Ensuring equality between women and men.

Fostering democratic participation.

Advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity.

Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge.

Promoting international peace and security.

Relevant documentation:

The UN General Assembly Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)